Sending you a lil’ Love

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Sending you a lil’ love. Jump on this deal before it’s too late!


My, How Time Flies at Mark Twain Hobby Center

My, how time flies. Dan McEntee, our longest part timer (32 years) stopped by yesterday and showed me the first Mark Twain Hobby Center newsletter. It was dated November 1980. Since it was only 2 pages I thought that it would fit into this post. What is really interesting are the products and prices from 33 years ago. One great example was the Lindberg Blue Devil Destroyer plastic model kit. Back then we had it on special for $17.99. Now they retail at $129.95 with a street price of about $80.00. Or how about the Kraft 6 channel sport series radio with servos and receiver for $235.00. Those were the days.

One other thing that you don’t see much of any longer is the fact that I typed this newsletter on an electric typewriter. I know, some of you that are quite young are asking what is an electric typewriter. Heck, sometimes we didn’t even use correcting fluid, we just typed right over the mistake.

Anyway, I hope that you enjoy going back a few years in time.


PS Don’t expect these prices to be valid today. (That’s a disclaimer)old newsletter

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Free Movie “RUN SILENT RUN DEEP” One of the Best World War 2 Films


Our friends over at the Gateway Military Historical Society are presenting a FREE showing of the classic World War 2 submarine film RUN SILENT RUN DEEP. This will take place at the Galleria 6 Cinema on Saturday March 16th at 10:00 am. This movie is open to everyone.

A movie’s lasting value can often be measured by its influence in the years and decades following its original release, and on that basis Run Silent, Run Deep is certainly a classic of sorts. It remains one of the seminal World War II submarine pictures, and its intelligent script and tautly executed action are clearly echoed in such later submarine dramas as Das Boot and especially Crimson Tide, which borrows liberally from this 1958 film.

In one of his best and final roles (he appeared in only four films after this), Clark Gable plays a submarine captain without a command, having been saddled with a desk job after his previous ship was destroyed due to his overzealous pursuit of the enemy in dangerous Japanese waters. He finally gets another boat–this time with a vigilant first officer (Burt Lancaster), who stands poised to assume command if Gable puts his crew in unnecessary danger. The tension and mutual respect between these two principled men is superbly written and directed (Robert Wise was just two years away from his triumph with West Side Story), and the crucial inclusion of a strong supporting cast (including Jack Warden and Don Rickles) enhances the movie’s compelling authenticity. Based on a novel by former submarine commander Edward L. Beach, Run Silent, Run Deep is rousing entertainment with the added benefit of paying honorable tribute to the men who navigated through the most frightening and claustrophobic channels of the Pacific theater. –Jeff Shannon

Grab your friends and take a bit of time to remember what our fathers and grandfathers went through during the war in the South Pacific.

Enjoy the film,



110St Tactical Fighter Squadron “Lindbergh’s Own” Missouri National Guard

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Members of the 110st Tactical Fighter Squadron

The 110th Observation Squadron was established by the Militia Bureau on on June 23,1923, which authorized the immediate organization of the 110th Observation Squadron, 35th Division of Aviation, Missouri National Guard. The units first headquarters was located in a filling station on Manchester Avenue. From this location it was moved to a small room over a grocery store on Olive Street Road In St Louis County. Meetings were held at the Airport, which at the time was little more than a pasture, there were no airplanes and no uniforms for the enlisted men.

Through the years the unit grew in equipment, men and stature while serving the country in WW2 as a fighter/reconnaissance configuration and winning the Presidential Unit Citation for action in the pacific. After being re-designated as the 110th Fighter Squadron in 1946 the unit’s service also included the Korean War, Berlin Airlift Crisis and many of it’s members served during the Vietnam War.

Keeping watch over the Saint Louis skies in F-100, F-4, and F-15 fighter jets the unit was slowly moved from the local Saint Louis area with the new designation as the 110th Bomber Squadron in 2008 and now flying B-2 bombers out of Whiteman Air Force Base in central Missouri.

F-100 of 110st TFS Missouri Air National Guard

F-100 of 110st TFS Missouri Air National Guard

A full history with additional information on the linage, assignments and aircraft can be found here:

Mark Twain Hobby Center has commissioned one of our manufacturers to provide a souvenir to this great group of men and women. We now have available a 14 inch full color sign that has been distressed to look old that resembles the patches of the 110th Tactical Fighter Squadron from about 1960 to the early 1990’s. This is a great new wall hanger for your den, aircraft collection room or garage and will compliment any memorabilia or model collection. The design is the same as that shown on the side of the aircraft in the photographs.

Lindberg's Own 131st TFS Sign by Mark Twain Hobby Center

Lindberg’s Own 131st TFS Sign by Mark Twain Hobby Center

These are in limited numbers so don’t wait.

Happy Flying,


Lionel’s beautiful NEW Santa Fe Super Chief Passenger Set

Lionel Santa Fe Super Chief train set

Lionel Santa Fe Super Chief train set

The new Lionel Santa Fe Super Chief Passenger Ready to Run train set with Railsounds. This is the newest version by Lionel of the famous passenger train that was called the “Train of the Stars” that ran from Los Angeles to Chicago. The original train was the first diesel powered all Pullman sleeping car train in America beginning it’s run in 1936 and completing it’s operations in 1971. This is one of the most popular train sets to be produced and is a beauty either around the tree or on the layout.

It is certainly a beauty and with the digital sounds will light up any room with smiles. The set contains the dual motor powered FT diesel loco with a lighted cab interior, die-cast metal trucks, pilot and fuel tank, 2 streamlined passenger coaches and streamlined observation car, enough Fastrack track to make a 40 x 60 inch layout with a minimum curve of O-27 although the size of the trains are Traditional O gauge.

This set is powered by a 80 watt transformer and the digital RailSounds RTR sound system has diesel revving, horn, bell, and user-activated crew dialog scenarios. Some of the details of this set include engineer and conductor figures, interior illumination, flexible diaphragms between the cars, opening doors, die cast metal trucks and detailed interiors, operating headlights and couplers.

As you can tell, we are excited about this train just because it is so cool. And with all Lionel products they are very limited in supply. Don’t ask me why because when you have a winner I would think you would like to make a bunch of them.

Keep on training,


Pinewood Derby Time is Here and we are holding classes to teach the basics and speed techniques

Mark Twain Hobby Center is again pleased to announce that we will be holding Pinewood Derby How -To classes again this year. Last year these classes were completely full and we expect them to be the same this year. Here is the schedule:
Saturday December 8th          10 am to 11 am

Saturday December 15th        2 pm to 3 pm

Wednesday December 19th   7 pm to 8 pm

The classes will include information on aerodynamics, weight, center of gravity, axles, lubrication and finishing. Gary Pyles will be the instructor.

Pinewood_derby_cars_class at Mark Twain Hobby Center

Pinewood_derby_cars_class at Mark Twain Hobby Center

We will have a sign up sheet at the register for those that would like to attend. Be sure and get signed up quickly so you will have a spot. You must sign up for the class to be able to attend due to space considerations. This is a FREE class. By the way we have the best selection in the region for Pinewood Derby , Pinecar  supplies such as bodies, wheels, axles, graphite etc and aftermarket speed parts like tungsten weights and finishing accessories.
Keep on derbying,




Fall Sale

Well, here we go again. Friday, Saturday and Sunday (November 16,17 and 18) only. Mark Twain Hobby Center will be having a 20% OFF whatever you can carry to the register sale. So load your carts into your car and come on in. Just as a reminder this sale does not include gift cards, lay-aways, consignment or used items or special orders of our Ebay store. However, anything else that does not fall into those categories is on sale, even stuff that would normally not be discountable.

This is our way of saying thank you to all of our valued customers and friends.

Mark Twain Hobby Center 20 percent off sale

Mark Twain Hobby Center 20% OFF sale

Rechargeable Moto Tools

Last evening I spent a bit of time in the basement working on repairing a charm bracelet for a friend of my grand-daughter. Part of this repair required me to use a rechargeable moto grinding tool. Due to the tools size I was able to get the job done quick and easy. Not so if I had to use my old reliable Dremel plug-in grinding tool. The main reason for this was the physical size. The rechargeable tool was actually smaller than the Dremel, which by the way gets a workout doing the heavy work, and a bit easier to use for this project which did not need a lot of power. That is the reason for writing this today. We were able to obtain a large quantity of rechargeable moto grinding tools that were originally sold for another purpose but the tool company customer didn’t take them. This tool comes with a 1/8 inch collet which fits all of the Dremel and other brand grinding bits and from what I can tell can use the standard Dremel chucks.

rechargeable battery operated moto tool grinder

Special rechargeable battery operated moto tool grinder

Originally we were able to get around a 100 of these tools to offer for sale at $10.99.  We are down to our last 40 units and they are now priced at $7.99 until they are gone, which won’t be very long. You can’t beat this value, even if you only use it a few times it will pay for itself in convenience. It comes with the tool, rechargeable battery, charger and a sanding drum. If you work with models, plastic or wood or any other craft that needs a lighter duty grinding tool than the Dremel, then this is your baby. Don’t expect it to replace your Dremel grinder, it won’t, but it does give you another way to work.

Keep on building,




I just received an email from Bob McNeil about this special excursion that is taking place. Here are the details:
“Wabash Special” excursion ride on the Columbia Star Dinner Train 
Sunday November, 4th 2012. 
Board Train @ COLT Transload facility.
6501  North Brown Station Rd. Columbia, MO  65202
Be there by 1:30pm.  Ride will be 2 1/2 – 3 hrs.
Cost will be $33 per ticket, this includes tax.
 Young children riding on laps are free, (please only one per paying ticket.)
There is NO food served, however beverage bar will be available at extra cost.
Rare opportunity to enjoy a ride up the COLT RR Branch line with other railfans.
Marty Paten – Local Historian will be riding to share history of Railroad.
Please make reservations by Saturday October 27th
Seating is Limited, first come first served.
Please Do Not Call the Columbia Star Dinner Train for Tickets or information.
Reservations or information may be obtained by: 
or by phone – David Ackerman # 573-817-5683
Those sending checks in the mail must be postmarked by October 27th.
There will be no refunds after October the 27th.
   Send Cash, or Checks payable to “Columbia Star Dinner Train”  to:
Wabash Special Excursion
c/o Matthew Sabath
7404  N Wishing Well Dr
Columbia, MO  65202

DML Die Cast C-17 Special Offer

Kevin has worked a special deal with DML for more of the die cast C-17 models at a substantially lower price. This beautiful diecast model is the Globemaster III operated by the 62nd Airlift Wing (62 AW). This formation containing 7,200 personnel is based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in the state of Washington. The active-duty unit is part of the Eighteenth Air Force of the Air Mobility Command.

When these models first arrived in early summer we were able to price them at $44.95 which was discounted from the retail of $55.95. With this SPECIAL OFFER we are able to sell the limited stock for $24.95. That is 55% OFF the retail price. Now that’s a deal. If you have ever seen one of these impressive aircraft you will never forget the experience. They are huge!

Built by the  Boeing and is used for strategic airlift purposes. Currently serving  within the air force ranks of the USA, Australia, Canada, NATO, Qatar and the United Kingdom.

Grab one today before they are all gone.